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A Cut Cable Knocked Out Virginia’s Voter Registration Site

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This week the New York Post published a story centered on information stolen from a laptop that purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden, and that has a high likelihood of being part a disinformation operation. Not great! But the way the rest of the media handled the situation was a marked improvement over 2016, when leaks […]

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The Law Comes for John McAfee

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In a week that Covid-19 continued its invasion of the White House, the biggest security questions continue to center on Donald Trump himself. With just a few weeks remaining until the election, the president continues to question the integrity of the process, which in turn threatens to undermine faith in the democratic process. But don’t […]

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Android Ransomware Has Picked Up Some Ominous New Tricks

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Though ransomware has been around for years, it poses an ever-increasing threat to hospitals, municipal governments, and basically any institution that can’t tolerate downtime. But along with the various types of PC malware that are typically used in these attacks, there’s another burgeoning platform for ransomware as well: Android phones. And new research from Microsoft […]

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Paying Evil Corp Ransomware Might Land You a Big Federal Fine

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Where to start! The biggest news of the week by far is that Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, which is a security story in the sense that it’s an everything story. As of Friday evening, Trump had been transported to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment. While the situation has countless ripple effects, […]

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Windows XP Source Code Got Leaked All Over the Internet

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This week, we took an exclusive look at the chaos that unfolded inside Twitter in the hours after the accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and dozens more got hacked. Twitter has since tightened up its internal security—but with the election a little over a month away, has it done enough? The Justice Department continued […]

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A Tip From a Kid Helped Uncover a Slew of Scam Apps

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Researchers said that a tip from a child led them to discover aggressive adware and exorbitant prices lurking in iOS and Android smartphone apps with a combined 2.4 million downloads from the App Store and Google Play. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, […]

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179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

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It’s one of the largest global dark web takedowns to date: 179 arrests spread across six countries; 500 kilograms of drugs seized; $6.5 million in cash and cryptocurrency confiscated. And while it was announced this morning, Operation Disruptor traces its roots back to May 3, 2019. That’s the day that German police seized Wall Street […]

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The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

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Mike Postle was on another tear. The moonfaced 42-year-old was deep into a marathon poker session at Stones Gambling Hall, a boxy glass-and-steel casino wedged between Interstate 80 and a Popeye’s in suburban Sacramento. The September 21, 2019, game, which Stones was broadcasting to audiences via YouTube and Twitch, had attracted several top players to […]

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A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

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The October issue of WIRED took a close, in-depth look at the state of election security. While lots of it isn’t pretty, we did find some pockets of hope. Data scientist Sara-Jayne Terp is on a mission to stamp out misinformation. The former Facebook employees at the nonprofit Acronym are hoping to use the Trump’s […]

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The Wayback Machine and Cloudflare Want to Backstop the Web

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The web is decentralized and fluid by design, but all that chaos and ephemerality can make it difficult to keep a site up and online without interruption. That’s what has made the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine feature so invaluable over the years, maintaining a history of long-forgotten pages. Now its deep memory will help make […]